Friday, November 12, 2010

Prayers For Rizana

BBC Sinhala.Com 01 Nov 2010

Thousands of Muslims in Trincomalee gathered for a
 special payer service for the Sri Lankan maid
sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia.
Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan housemaid, was arrested in May 2005
on charges of killing an infant in her care.
Last week her death sentence was upheld by Riyadh's
Supreme Court and awaits ratification from
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
“We are asking the god to fill the hearts and minds of the infant’s
 parents with compassion and sympathy,” a social worker who
participated in the prayer service in Muttur, Kabir Mohamed Taafic
 told Sandeshaya.
Parents pardon
“Nothing could be done unless the child’s parents pardon Rizana,
if they do that Rizana can be freed from the death sentence” he said.
Rizana had originally confessed to the killing the four-month-old
Saudi boy in 2005
but later retracted her statement saying it had been made
under duress. She was a minor-
17 years old- at the time this happened and been in custody since 2005.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has already appealed to the
King asking him to exercise clemency
 towards Rizana and many international human rights
organisation, including
Amnesty International are also campaigning on behalf of her.

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